Lee Leads Cubs Sweep
OK, got that way out of the way.
Let’s talk baseball. Cliff Lee has been better than advertised in his first three starts with the Phillies. He is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA, inculding one run in eight innings today in a 6-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He has allowed 16 hits, three runs and six walks in 24 innings. He has struck out 24. Opponents have hit just .193 against him.
Those are remarkable numbers, especially compared to CC Sabathia. He went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his first three starts last season after the Indians traded him to the Brewers. He allowed 17 hits, six runs, five earned runs, one home run and six walks in 24 innings. He hit two batters and struck out 24. Opponents hit .205 against him.
“He uses his heater as good as anybody, and from a lefty especially,” Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot said of Lee. “It’s impressive.”
“He throws everything for strikes,” Cubs second baseman Jeff Baker said. “He’s not predictable. He’s got pitches that go every way. He’s got a cutter that goes in, a changeup that goes in, a sinker that goes down and he’s got that big curveball. There’s a reason he won that Cy Young Award and he was so coveted at the Trade Deadline this year.”
Ryan Howard snapped a career-high 57 at-bat homerless streak when he hit a three-run homer to left field in the fourth inning.
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